Like most homeowners, you take pride in your home’s curb appeal. Let’s be honest, though, there is nothing attractive about a bulky outdoor air conditioning unit sticking out like a sore thumb in your garden. No matter where you place it outdoors, your AC unit is an eyesore. Even though it keeps you comfortable during the heat, it can be an unsightly, noisy, jarring distraction in the middle of your backyard summer barbecue. But keep your cool. There are a variety of clever ways you can mask, hide, block or conceal your air conditioning unit. Check out some of our favorite AC unit disguising tips for enclosures, walls and screens from Kimbro Air below.
By placing tall potted plants around your air conditioning unit, you can disguise it. Get creative! For example, you can add a simple trellis and train climbing, flowering vines to cover it. Or, you could integrate the design into your veggie garden by training climbing vegetable plants, such as beans, to grow vertically. Make sure your trellis allows access at the back, and keep plants far enough away that hot air blowing from the unit won’t cause them to wilt.
Create a Privacy Screen
There are commercially made privacy screens for AC units available through catalogs and some home improvement or garden centers that will match your home’s architectural design and coordinate with your home’s siding or exterior color. Keep ventilation in mind and leave space for air circulation. If your unit is located in a sunny spot, consider creating a dedicated structure to provide shade, or incorporate the screen as an area to store gardening implements such as your lawnmower, hoses and pool supplies. If you’re handy with the tools, you can easily create a lattice screen that hides your unit while also adding visual interest to your yard.
Fencing is one of the easiest and most common approaches to disguising unsightly air conditioning units and hiding them from view. For example, creating a picket fence barrier that matches your existing fence will tie the structure in with your landscaping design. To integrate the look, use elements you already have in your yard for ideas on fences and fencing materials that could work for your garden. With pre-made fencing panels in just about every style available at gardening centers and home improvement stores, a DIY project could simply involve adding hinges to three panels to create a barrier that is easily movable for access.
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